Become a better all-around athlete in a challenging, safe environment.
Individuals receive a joint-by-joint orthopedic screen, assessment of fundamental movement patterns and a review of prior injuries. Challenges are identified, goals set and a customized performance program designed to ensure maximum health and performance.
Whether you’re a parent with school-age children looking to help your athlete prevent injury or enhance athletic performance, a runner or triathlete intent on improving performance, or a weekend “warrior,” the SMHC Sports Performance Center can help you maximize your talents safely and effectively.
The SMHC Sports Performance Center integrates state-of-the-art training and technology with the clinical expertise of Sports Medicine physicians, certified strength and conditioning experts, athletic trainers, and physical therapists.
Custom Designed Training and Treatment
The Sports Performance Center's team of specially trained and certified strength and conditioning experts, athletic trainers and physical therapists work with SMHC's Orthopedic and Sports Medicine physicians to help you reach your full potential or return to competition. Our services include:
Sports Physical Therapy
Comprehensive injury management ensures you stay on top of your game. With SMHC's specialized sports physical therapy, we focus on injury prevention, evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement for athletic individuals of all ages.
Maximizing athletic performance is all about the team. Here you will find a team of clinical specialists focused on excellence. From leading-edge physical therapy to orthopedic surgeons, the SMHC Sports Performance Center offers a full spectrum of medical specialists.
- One-on-one training - Work with a certified athletic trainer, two to three sessions each week, to enhance strength and performance through a customized training program.
- Small group training - Limited to 4 to 6 individuals in each session, small group training is facilitated and monitored by qualified staff to ensure proper technique.
- Summer Performance Program - Reduce the risk of injury and prepare for the fall athletic season. Program runs for six weeks plus pre- and post- program data collection.
Comprehensive Concussion Management
We offer baseline testing of student-athletes using ImPACT™ neurocognitive testing, post assessment and cognitive testing for concussions, and full rehabilitation services.
Outstanding Expertise Close to Home
Michael Hersey, PT, SCS, CSCS
Mike received a degree in Physical Therapy from the University of New England. He is one of four American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) board-certified sports specialists in the state of Maine. Mike is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and he has been certified as an ImPACT™ Trained Physical Therapist in concussion management. He was one of the first physical therapists in the country named to the U.S. Olympic Sports Medicine Team when he worked with the U.S. Snowboard Team in Torino, Italy. In 2006, Mike was presented with APTA’s President’s Award. He has been on the sidelines covering local school sports for more than 15 years. Mike works with physicians and athletic trainers using a team approach to rehabilitation, enabling individuals to maximize their sport performance and prevent injury.
Rick Sirois, MS, ATC, LAT, CSCS, CSAC
Rick received a degree in Athletic Training from the University of New England and a master’s degree in Athletic Training from the California University of Pennsylvania. He is licensed and certified as an athletic trainer through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also recently completed a Certified Speed and Agility Coach certification through Athlete’s Acceleration. In addition, Rick is an ImPACT™ Certified Athletic Trainer treating individuals returning from concussion. Rick designs individualized performance enhancement programs for athletes, weekend warriors, at-risk populations and for the general fitness population. His background in Sports Medicine and injury evaluation / rehabilitation enables Rick to address specific physical impairments and design programs to achieve solid results, allowing his clients to attain their athletic development, functional training, health, and wellness goals.
Anthony Arsenault, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Anthony received his degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Kennebec Valley Community College. He has worked in various disciplines within the physical therapy field over the past 6 years, including home health care, skilled nursing, and sports medicine / outpatient services. These experiences enable Anthony to deliver quality of care to individuals of various ages and ailments. Anthony works with physical therapists, athletic trainers and strength and conditioning specialists delivering a team approach to rehabilitation, allowing individuals to reach functional goals and to maximize their recovery.
Michael "Tony" Giordano Jr., ATC, LAT
Tony received his degree in Athletic Training from the University of Southern Maine. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer and is licensed in the state of Maine. Tony has been working with student athletes at Thornton Academy since the spring of 2011. He has also been a preceptor for the Athletic Training Education Programs of the University of New England and the University of Southern Maine since 2010.
Kaitlyn McCarter, ATC, LAT
Kate received her degree in Athletic Training from the University of New England. She is licensed and certified as an Athletic Trainer through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association as well as an ImPACT™ Trained Athletic Trainer through ImPACT Applications. Kate uses her training in Sports Medicine to provide health care to local middle school and high school athletes participating in athletics through a coordinated team approach with physicians, physical therapists, and fellow athletic trainers. Kate also currently serves as the Chair of the Maine Athletic Trainers’ Association Young Professionals’ Committee.
Amy McManus, DPT, CSCS
Physical Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Amy received a doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of New England. She is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Amy has focused her career on sports injury and post-operative rehabilitation and enjoys addressing postural and biomechanical abnormalities that may lead to pain and dysfunction. Her experience and interest in these areas allow for comprehensive treatment of all types of injuries to get the patient back to pre-injury level as soon as possible.
Conveniently Located in Downtown Saco
SMHC Sports Performance Center
12 Thornton Avenue - Suite 101
Saco, ME 04072
Hours of OperationMonday – Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 12 noon